Yoga increases your flexibility, tone muscles and calms your mind. A lot of people value yoga for its spiritual practices, others enjoy only the physical part of it. As a traveler you can always find a good position to stretch after a long flight, release muscles after a hike or do a relaxation before sleep. We enjoy yoga practices no matter in which part of the world our traveling takes us. These 5 simple moves will let you enjoy yoga everywhere!
You probably think that you need a lot of time to get all the benefits of yoga. But that’s not absolutely true. In fact, you can make our favourite yoga poses in less than 20 minutes. After it you’ll have more energy, feel less stressed and be stronger without taking time out of your day to find and attend a yoga class at your new destination (or home)!
Why the Heck Yoga?
Let me first tell you how yoga came into our lives. I knew it since I was about 12 and Justinas got familiarized with it when I decided to try a partner yoga. Roughly after a two months of practicing acro yoga with teacher we got better and better and when we went on our trip we started to practice it in parks or basically anywhere where we found enough space.
Yoga help me out in many situation during the trip. Especially when unexpected travel delays or unplanned situations happen which leads to anxiety and sometimes frustration. Of course traveling has many benefits and there are a lot of reasons why traveling is good for your health, but I will tell you how to manage those unexpected situations on your travels.
These 5 moves can help you to manage some negative effects of frequent travel. As a traveler you can relate to often ongoing back/ neck/ knee pain, sleepless nights and stress during a long or frequent trips. Take your mat with you next time and eliminate these undesirable issues.
What I love about yoga is that you can practice it anywhere! And by saying it I literally mean anywhere. Imagine those long hours waiting for a plane. No more boredom in a waiting room. Take your mat or if there is a carpet you don’t really need one and enjoy your free yoga session! You can even inspire people to join and refresh their stiff bodies with you.
You can start from easy and firm posture. This fantastic pose shifts your perspective so you come out physically and mentally refreshed.
Headstand is one of my favorite posture. I started to do it and only later I found out many benefits of it. It increase digestive fire and increase body heat, also strengthen deep core muscles. Headstands increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp, decreasing onset of grey hair! This was new for me too, but cool huh?. Headstands stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. It also helps avoid depression and insomnia too! That’s why I love them and you should too.
Also one of the easiest poses, when you don’t really need to do anything and get all the benefits from it! This pose helps you to built strong core and upper body. Bring the hands under the shoulders and draw the elbows in to stack hands. Elbows and shoulders in a strong line. Press the hands into the floor and engage the core muscles to straighten the back.
While we travel together, we love to exercise together as well. We simply set the timer and compete which one will stay longer in the pose. Ask your friend or partner to join you! It’s more fun to accomplish a goal together!
Everyone knows that back pain or somewhere between your shoulder bones after a 12 hours flight. It’s such a stagnation that easy stretch doesn’t help here.
Take time to twist the spine and feel numerous benefits of it. It massages the abdominal organs aiding in digestion, as well as helping to keep the spine healthy by releasing tension that builds between the vertebrae.
Sit with one leg outstretched and the other bent at the knee with the foot on the floor. Inhale to lengthen the spine and twist towards the thigh, compressing the belly against it as you do. Allow one hand to rest behind you as you press the other elbow into the thigh to increase the stretch.
This standing pose and mild inversion builds strength while stretching the whole body. It’s named after the way dogs naturally stretch their entire bodies. It’s a great posture after a long day or as a morning stretch!
Begin on your hands and knees. Align your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Press the floor away from you as you lift your pelvis. Then lengthen your spine, lift your sit bones up toward the sky. Now press down equally through your heels and the palms of your hands.
The perfect pose to work on your balance while also strengthening the calves and ankles. Bring the weight into one foot and lift the sole of the other to either the ankle, below the knee or to the thigh. Press down in the standing leg, activating the muscles in a long line from foot to top of the head. Bring the hands in front of the heart or above the head. It’s a great pose to end your workout or before the meditation.
Lastly, you can always enjoy a seated meditation in your room, outdoors or at the temple. We really enjoy playing our Tibetan Singing bowls for a short meditation and healing session. Hope this post will help you regain energy in your body and stay healthy during your trips!
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.